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South West rail closure planned for ground engineering scheme

Rail services between Crewkerne and Exeter will be disrupted this autumn as work gets underway on a £9M flood defence scheme to add resilience to the rail route.

Network Rail has said that the line will be closed for a week in September and another in November with timetable changes during the intervening period while two 550t culverts are installed at Axe Valley to reduce the risk of flooding.

The work, which is being carried out in partnership with the Environment Agency, will reduce the risk of flooding on the rail route from one in five years to one in 20.

“I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience as we undertake this vital flood resilience work in the Axe Valley,” said Network Rail project manager Rebecca Wells.

“Flooding can be devastating for local communities and it’s crucial we do all we can to protect the railway and keep the train service moving.

“This investment will significantly reduce the risk of the line flooding in the area, benefiting passengers and the local community for many years to come.”

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